To send, or not to send Davao athletes

Adriano “Bong” Go, former Ateneo de Davao University and Sarmiento Group team coach in the 70’s, is coming home for the Davao Basketball Coaches Clinic on October 28 to 30 at the University of Mindanao-Matina Campus.
Coach Bong has honored the invitation of UM coach Manny Nitorreda for him to be an instructor to our local coaches and what’s good about this is that the multi-titled mentor will be bringing his wealth of experience since being accredited as FIBA Asia instructor last year.
So, to all Davao coaches, mark your calendars and attend the clinic. For registration, you can visit the office of Atty. Nitorreda on the second floor of Merco Building,  Bolton Street.
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Before the end of the month, Liga Dabaw is organizing a tournament for public schools at the Davao City Recreation Center.
This is a follow-up to the successful Liga Dabaw Season 2 Inter-School Championship topped by the University of Mindanao Cardinals in the women’s division, Assumption College in the secondary girl’s class and junior’s division, and Ateneo in the cadet category.
The public schools, this time, will be given an opportunity to showcase their talented players who we hope will also find their way to becoming new basketball scholars in our colleges and universities.
The success of Liga Dabaw has made officials wear big smiles these days, especially Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas regional director Regino “Boy” Cua who chipped in P50,000 for the recent tournament that was well managed by SBP city commissioner lawyer Marvin “Oying” Melodias and asst.city commissioner Rico Jhone Biliran, both fine graduates of the Holy Cross of Davao College.
Frankly, the money was not enough to run the tournament but with brilliant minds running the event, coach Oying and Rico were able to make sure the event ended  with a big bang.
Congratulations gentlemen!
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There is growing concern on the plan to send or not to send a Davao City delegation to the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Qualifying Games in Zamboanga City on October 27 to 30.
Just recently, a twin bombing rocked our beloved Zamboanga City and athletes and coaches are now waiting for the Philippine Sports Commission to send word to them if a cancellation or rescheduling is in order.
As of last Friday, the PSC had not yet sent any word to local government unit officials in Mindanao if they can secure the safety of our young athletes and coaches. Unfortunately, the Batang Pinoy Secretariat in Manila has not responded too to the inquiry made by this corner.
If you ask me, I won›t send the players to far away Zamboanga if the organizers cannot assure me of their safety.
I would rather look forward to the student-athletes playing in the Davao City Athletic Association Meet on October 24 to 28 at the Davao City National High School where they will be safe and sound.
Then, I can sleep well at night.

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